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Contemporary dance

"At the same time"

Subject to the dictates of modern beauty and traditional taboos – when not reduced to violent expression or starvation – the body of the African man is stigmatized. In an attempt to free him from his complexes, transgressive choreographer Robyn Orlin and eight dancers from the Ecole des Sables place the body back at the center of the debate. A dance via deritualized rituals that eschews all exoticism to reach the political… Since her first successes in the mid 1990s, working to serve performers has been one of the major principles of Robyn Orlin’s work. Adept at performance theater and a champion of interactivity, she highlights the individuality of...

"Souls"

Spellbound by his experience of Africa, Olivier Dubois invites us on an animistic journey where bodies dialogue with the cosmos to a slow rhythm. In Souls, a piece for seven African dancers heavy with mysticism, he explores each person’s ability to change his or her fate and, by doing so, even that of the world. “Throw the dice a second time… Imagine that we six million human beings all decided to simultaneously take a step in the opposite direction to the Earth’s rotation… would we not bring the world order, fate into question and would we not be playing gods by doing so!” Those are the matters that Olivier Dubois ponders in relation to his creation. He...

"The Old King"

“A man has been abandoned by God and all the saints. He finds himself on stage lost in a minefield and he questions himself and the world around him. As he struggles with his thoughts, he decides to build a platform from which he can address the people. The Old King is an attempt to discover a man’s thoughts and how he positions himself in regard to society. A man searching for a sure identity able to explain his reason for being, a man who observes society, who feels the need to act and to express a sort of collective behavior.” That is the argument of this production in which the authors urge the spectator never to give up, to “take decisions, be brave,...

Borderline

Coming from hip-hop, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang conceive an incredible gestural trap where the need for freedom is confronted by constraint. With Borderline, created in 2013, choreographers Sébastien Wang and Honji Wang have not only achieved an enormous success, but written their names permanently at the top of the bill. Winners of the prestigious Bessie Award in New York, they have also been awarded numerous international prizes such as the special audience prize at the Hanover International Choreography Competition, first prize at the Red Bull BC One, the special prize at the Osaka Hip-hop International Choreography Competition, and more. ...

The Memories of a Lord

The Memories of a Lord is the latest creation by Olivier Dubois, the enfant terrible of French choreography. Nominated among the 25 best in the world, in 2007 Olivier Dubois received the jury special prize from the Critics Union for his career as performer and his piece “Tout l’or du monde” (All the Money in the World) then the Jardin d’Europe prize for “Faune(s). In these pieces he questions what creates humanity in people. Here, the artist focusses on the loneliness of the great of this world, calling up characters such as Caligula, Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan. All these characters are represented by the dancer Sébastien Perrault, who takes the...